A NEW DEAL FOR THE ARTS A NEW DEAL FOR THE ARTS A NEW DEAL FOR THE ARTS
Introduction
About this Exhibit
Rediscovering America
Celebrating The People
Work Pays America
Activist Arts
Useful Arts

Useful Arts
Part 1

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The artist for the first time in our history has a chance to produce with the sure knowledge that his work will be used by the society in which he lives.
-- Ralph M. Pearson, America Today: A Book of 100 Prints, 1936

Those who ran New Deal art projects were often artists themselves, but they were artists who thought art should not be limited to an elite. MORE...

Posters

Nowhere can the New Dealers' desire to serve the wider community through art be seen more clearly than in the posters produced by federal agencies during the Great Depression. MORE...

Poster:  "See America..." by Harry Herzog

"See America Visit the National Parks"
By Harry Herzog, New York City Federal Art Project, WPA, undated Silkscreen
Franklin D. Roosevelt Library,

National Archives and Records Administration
(Y-15)

Poster: "Midsummer Night Symphonies"

"Midsummer Night Symphonies"
By an unknown artist, Southern California Federal Art Project, WPA, ca. 1937
Silkscreen

National Archives, Records of the Work Projects Administration
(69-TP-132)

Poster: "May Day -- Child Health Day, 1939" by F. Luis Mora

"May Day--Child Health Day, 1939"
By F. Luis Mora, Children's Bureau, Department of Labor, 1939
Photolithograph

National Archives, Publications of the U.S. Government
(287-P-L5.14:M45 939)

Poster: "East Side West Side Exhibitition of Photographs" by Anthony Velonis

"East Side West Side Exhibition of Photographs"
By Anthony Velonis, New York City Federal Art Project, WPA, 1938
Silkscreen

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress
(B WPA NY V 44 2)

"Printers making serigraph posters..." by Rose

Printers making serigraph posters for New York City WPA Federal Art Project, 1940
By Rose, 1940

National Archives, Records of the Work Projects Administration

National Archives and Records Administration

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